June 16, 2016 Subject:
Liked this - fun with obvious US origins. Thought it was shame that the mono audio was single track.
Spent a little time in the studio and removed small clicks/plops and converted to stereo. Hope those who like the original find the update worthwhile.
Find on IA at: https://archive.org/details/GagsAndGirls
October 21, 2013 Subject:
I enjoyed this little film. thank you.
April 28, 2012 Subject:
There was a series of musical 2 reelers (about 20 minutes each) "Jefferson Machamers' Gags and Girls" I have only seen one of them in its entirety, but it was quite entertaining, It involved an artist who drew pictures of what was to appear on the screen, as well as some music in the same style as these films. anyway 5 stars for all
January 8, 2012 Subject:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
In this rowdy film probably made during World War II, women manically sing and dance in a variety of outfits and locales. In Male Order, they wear cardboard boxes. In At Your Service,they are dressed as carhops and dance on top of the male customer's cars. In Playmates, they dress as little girls and show their undies. Do we need any more evidence about what a raucous place America was in the forties? Just because the men were away at war was no excuse not to go out and have a good time. This film presents a zany feminine world. In a sense, this reflects the reality of the Home Front during the war, when women were in the workforce and there was a shortage of available men. And is this film really so demeaning to women? In Male Order, the only thing Ted Jones asks of his wife is that she be a good dancing partner. He obviously doesn't need a wife to housework, his house is already as neat as a pin. In At Your Service, the men are conveniently stuck in their cars, leaving the women to come and go as they please. And in Playmates, the only man we see is dressed like a little boy. None of the men make any real demands of the women. Even the boss we see in the first scene looks like a pushover. The women are free to sing and tap dance to their heart's content. The only really unhappy woman we see is the housewife in Playmates who is stuck indoors with a baby (a premonition of the fifties). The four girls who have to get back into their cardboard boxes because they didn't meet Ted's dancing standards in Male Order look pretty glum, too. After all, Ted is a tidy, well-dressed guy with a nice house who is a good dancer and is looking for a wife. You don't see that every day.
January 6, 2012 Subject:
Legs legs legs!
There are some awful big buildings in the background of what was supposed to be an Oshkosh scene. Or did he pack em up and drive to a hotel in Chicago to open up his purchase?
I would give anything to show this clip to my "today" liberted testiculated female friends - especially the lawyer girl. Bet I could cause at least one stroke.
So so good! 10 staars!
June 16, 2011 Subject:
Forgive Them, For They Knew Not What They Did?
It's easy to act indignant over bad behavior done in the past. It is what is it. The Litnus Test: would you want your daughter acting like this? Nope. But, this is the past, so I forgive them. History is repeating itself, though and we just need to keep up the fight against objectifying anyone-- female, male, or any category of humans you wish to consider. Would you like to jump around in a box? No? OK, then, case settled.
June 16, 2011 Subject:
Even though it looks to be from the early 40s, the Internet Movie Database says it's produced in 1936. Good for them! Otherwise, a very nice piece and decent swing music.
November 22, 2005 Subject:
Surprisingly fun & entertaining
Worth watching, with tounge in cheek.
March 14, 2004 Subject:
Great tunes & 1940's babes in highly absurd situations. Sexy/sexist fun that will get your foot tapping, and arouse your prurient interest. Puts the average music video of today to shame. Highly recommended for everyone but the most hard-core feminists, and even they would have to stifle a chuckle or two...
December 11, 2003 Subject:
Apalling and Lots of Fun
This exercise in female objectification is actually a lot of fun. There are three soundies here. The first, ÃÂÃÂMale Order,ÃÂÃÂ features women a guy can purchase on approval, who arrive in shipping cartons and dance in his living room. The second, ÃÂÃÂAt Your Service,ÃÂÃÂ is all about how women, specifically carhops at drive-ins, live to serve men, even to the point of wearing skimpy uniforms and dancing on car hoods so that the male customers can look up their dresses. The third soundie, ÃÂÃÂPlaymates,ÃÂÃÂ features grown women dressed up and acting like little girls, while singing the familiar playground song. The titillating quality of this gets pretty creepy after awhile, even though itÃÂÃÂs obvious that these are grown women, especially when they bend way over to peek into rain barrels, so we can get a good look at their undies. Again, these soundies are appalling, but still lively and a great deal of fun. ÃÂÃÂAt Your ServiceÃÂÃÂ has a great retro drive-in feel. ItÃÂÃÂs this sort of combination of good and bad qualities that makes for really great ephemera.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.
September 14, 2003 Subject:
What more do you want??
I've seen these group of soundies before, and these are an EXCELLENT example of what what people love and hate about them:
1) Male Order is probably one of the most sexist soundies ever made as we see a man "ordering" 5 women to a co-worker. (They arrive in boxes). Their head and legs pop out and do a little dance which is surely a new low in female objectivity. He soon removes all the boxes though, all the girls are wearing shirts and short shorts. After dancing with all of them, he selects one, and to have all the others sent back, boxes and all. Crazy man!
2) "At Your Service" takes place at a car-service restaraunt, with some of the skimpiest excuses for a uniform ever seen. John C. Reilly (no not really) introduces the girl in song, and the girls take over singing a great little ditty, and
dance on the hoods of the cars (and all the while the men are looking up Up UP!)
3) "Friendship" has EVERYTHING. A Great song, attractive girls, but this takes the sexist level up a couple of notches.. Watch the girls go down the slide legs up! Up! UP! VERY VERY funny. A hoot! All of this is a MUST SEE on this site!!